Bachelor's/Master's in Biotechnology-Cytotechnology

The Bachelor’s/Master’s of Science in Biotechnology-Cytotechnology at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a joint degree program that allows students to pursue two degrees simultaneously, thereby receiving their master’s degree in five years instead of six.

This program is ideal for recent high school graduates interested in careers in laboratory diagnostics or biotechnology research, and who are already considering an advanced degree.

The program integrates the biological sciences with the medical sciences to give students the ability to enjoy successful careers as medical laboratory professionals and/or scientific researchers.

Students with the appropriate pre-requisites from accredited institutions, as determined by ACPHS, may transfer into the Biotechnology-Cytotechnology program in their junior or senior year.

The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Cytotechnology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Professions (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756.

Core Curriculum

Basic Sciences Core

  • General Biology I & II
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • College Math and Statistics

Biomedical Sciences Core

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Good Laboratory Practices
  • Sophomore Seminar
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology and Infectious Disease
  • Integrated Biomedical Sciences I, II, III
  • Biochemical and Cellular Techniques
  • Immunology in Health and Disease
  • Immunology and Immunohematology
  • Laboratory Management and Education

Cytotechnology Core

  • Cytopathology of Female Genital Tract
  • Exfoliative Non-Gynecologic Cytopathology I & II
  • Cytopreparatory Techniques I & II
  • Fine needle aspiration cytology I & II
  • Liquid Based GYN Cytology
  • Clinical practicum I & II

Biotechnology Core

  • Cellular Pathophysiology and Histology I & II
  • Genetics and Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Advanced Good Laboratory Practices and Laboratory Management
  • Medical Ethics and Research
  • Digital Imaging and Morphometrics
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Advanced Topics in Biotechnology*
  • Thesis I & II

* BHS 590 Advanced Topics in Biotechnology may be satisfied by other approved courses.

Career Pathways

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical laboratory professionals is expected to grow by 11 percent between 2010 and 2020, a number that may increase due to the pending retirements of large numbers of older professionals and the fact that fewer laboratory professionals are graduating each year from accredited programs.

The median annual wage of medical laboratory technologists was $56,130 in May 2010. Professionals who rise to the level of a Clinical Laboratory Manager or a comparable position may earn salaries in the range of $75,000 - $80,000.